**spoiler alert** Can someone explain to me why Enzo would tell Martinelli that he LOVES HIM after Martinelli kidnapped his younger brother (the broth...more**spoiler alert** Can someone explain to me why Enzo would tell Martinelli that he LOVES HIM after Martinelli kidnapped his younger brother (the brother he is waaaaaaaay over-protective of!) and kept him as a SEX SLAVE for SEVERAL YEARS and BEAT HIM and BROKE HIS BONES and essentially turned him into a VEGETABLE? I'm sorry, but no. That would not have happened.(less)
Nothing special here. A cute, silly little story with no depth. If you're in the mood for a short little story that will make you smile one moment and...moreNothing special here. A cute, silly little story with no depth. If you're in the mood for a short little story that will make you smile one moment and rage the next, then this is for you.
Dash is a pretty likable character, I guess. I just didn't find him all that interesting. I liked that Dash is a "wordie" and a "bookie," but other than that...I can't say I cared about him enough to become invested in his story. As for Lily...I started off liking her well enough, but then she did a few things and started acting like a stupid, spoiled 8-year-old...and things went down hill. One thing I disliked about Lily is that she plans to make out/go on a date with a guy that she actively dislikeswhile she's still communicating/hoping to date Dash. That really turned me off.
Really, I spent the whole book looking forward to the point where Dash and Lily finally meet, and well, Lily ruined it. During their first meeting, Lily gets wasted and passes out two-seconds after seeing him, and when she wakes up the next day, she can't even remember what his face looks like. Now, I know why it was written that way (the whole thing about people not being who you make them out to be in your mind), but still...I just didn't like it; it ruined the whole book for me. Then, of course, when Lily gets up after her hangover, she asks her great aunt if DASH deserves another chance. I mean, are you kidding me?? Does he, the guy who made sure she got home safe after she idiotically gets herself sloshed, deserve another chance. No, no. The question, Lily, is do you deserve another chance. After this point, I was just angry and trying to read as fast as I could.
Also, I found Lily's half of the story to be dull, repetitive and not at all funny. In contrast, Dash's half can be funny and, well, not repetive or dull, like this sentence.
Honestly, not much happened. You really have to be in the mood for a book that evokes no emotions whatsoever. Maybe if you're feeling depressed, this would be a good one. Who knows.(less)
So, I'm not even sure what I really liked about this book. I think, in a way, it was boring, but somehow...not...at the same time. Okay, nothing reall...moreSo, I'm not even sure what I really liked about this book. I think, in a way, it was boring, but somehow...not...at the same time. Okay, nothing really happened in this book, but it was hard to notice with such interesting and unique and REAL characters. I loved that, for once, it was the woman with the cool temper. Brianna was great that way. Yes, at times it was a bit annoying and you just wanted to shake her, but she stayed true to her character, and it was a breath of fresh air to have a heroine who isn't screaming at the hero every chance she gets.
Now, onto Gray. So, I don't even really like him at all, and yet he was so interesting and so damn sexy, I loved reading about him. He was weird, gruff, angry, rude, mean, moody, dark, and even kind of scary. But that's what made him feel so real. When he was writing, he wouldn't even allow Brianna in his room and he'd sometimes go days without eating and I just found that so...I don't know...I can't put it into words, but I liked it.
It was nice to have Maggie and her husband, Rogan, in this one, too. I really like Rogan, and he was a great calm, non-interfering balance to Maggie, who is basically a crazy fiery lady that's always mad about something for some made-up reason or another.
Anyway, I read Nora Roberts for her characters. I don't always LIKE the characters, but they're always so amazingly interesting that I forget their not real. The characters, the humor, and the great dialogue, even when the heroine is being obtuse and annoying!(less)
Not sure why everyone loves this book so much. It didn't feel real to me, and I was never lost in the story. I loved Matt, but Evan, not so much. I li...moreNot sure why everyone loves this book so much. It didn't feel real to me, and I was never lost in the story. I loved Matt, but Evan, not so much. I liked Evan at first, but then he just became kind of insane, small-minded etc...Also, the writing style was strange. Just when a scene started to become interesting it would end, or be glossed over. It wasn't bad, but it's nothing i'll remember.(less)
All I want to know is...why in the heck does Cian love Moira? She's dull and whiny and unlikable, where Cian is the exact opposite.
Also, I can't beli...moreAll I want to know is...why in the heck does Cian love Moira? She's dull and whiny and unlikable, where Cian is the exact opposite.
Also, I can't believe we don't find out how or why Cian stopped drinking blood. I waited the whole freakin' trilogy for this, looking forward to it, but his character ended up barely developing. I am hugely annoyed. I wanted more details about Cian other than, oh yeah, he slept and killed a few "whores." Really? Ugh.(less)
This book drew me in from the very first. It had this really eerie feel to it that almost made me shiver, and I completely forgot I was in my own home...moreThis book drew me in from the very first. It had this really eerie feel to it that almost made me shiver, and I completely forgot I was in my own home in 2010. Such a cool beginning. And the way Caire kept saying "Good evening, Mrs. Dews" was so creepy! I could just hear his voice, all low and ominous.
From there, it just kept getting better. There were no moments I found dull or wanted to skip through, though, honestly, I could have done without the subplot about Silence, Temperance's sister. It was a little depressing. The whole Ghost of St. Giles thing was inriguing. I really want to know who he is! I usually am good at figuring things like this out, but not this time---same goes for the murder subplot. I didn't see that coming--but, really, I didn't give much thought to who it could be, because I was just so interested in the relationship between Lazarus and Temperance.
From what everyone was saying, I was fully prepared for Lord Caire to be much crueler than he actually was. Compared to some of the other romance heroes I've read about, he is an angel! He isn't particularly normal, and didn't understand what love really was for most of the book, but that just makes him all the more interesting. I also wasn't as bothered as some others by the fact that Caire's touching issue had no real source. Not everything has to have some big, bad intense source. Some people just have weird things about them, myself included, without any real reason for them. I really liked that Caire wasn't the typical romance hero, in both looks and character. Although, it was bothersome that at the end he played the whole "I'm not good enough for you" card. Why couldn't that sentence have just been cut out? It's getting so old!
As for Temperance...she had both good and bad moments, but I ultimately liked her...didn't love her, though. At the beginning of the book, I really liked her. She seemed to truly care about those around her--and then, as the story went on, she became...a tad annoying. She really showed a selfish streak. Now, that doesn't make me hate her, because humans have flaws and I didn't expect her to be perfect. What really irked me was a scene toward the end where she lets Caire run into a burning building by himself and doesn't go after him. Maybe I'm being too harsh about this...I mean, the action in itself wouldn't have seemed so bad, but it sort of didn't make sense...it made her love for him seem less real. I feel like if she really loved him, she would have went after him, instead of sitting there crying and wishing to be dead. If she wants to die anyway, she might as well go in the building and see if she can find him! However, I still find myself liking her. She was tender and affectionate and I liked that she could control her temper. I also found it a bit irritating that Temperance didn't call on Caire to see how he was doing after realizing he was ill from his wound. I know she cared for him that night, but I thought she'd at least want to know how he was fairing the weeks afterward where she didn't call on him. And it's not as if she was ashamed to be seen at his home, because she had no trouble storming in there later on in search of hot sex so she wouldn't have to think about her responsibilities. Anyway...
Their relationship was believable, and I could really feel the sparks flying, which, unfortunately, has become quite rare in romance novels for whatever reason. I actually understood why they loved each other. Plus, their characters were both well developed, which made their romance that much more real and believable. The resolution of Caire's relationship with his mother was rushed and frankly absurd. All of a sudden he loves her? I didn't feel it at all. But overall, I really enjoyed the book--even up to the end, where Lazarus is trapped in a burning building that collapses on top of him, then walks out miraculously unscathed (I decided to suspend reality a little for that).
Looking forward to the next book in the series and hoping we eventually get to learn more about Temperance's siblings. Besides Silence, who I sympathized with, but don't really want to know more about. Oh, and Concord, who was really annoying and ape-like, and every time I heard his name I would think of grape juice.(less)
Oh, Lord. This book could have been good if two things occured. 1. The subplot between the two teenagers was cut out, because it was boring and took u...moreOh, Lord. This book could have been good if two things occured. 1. The subplot between the two teenagers was cut out, because it was boring and took up space. 2. Kate, the supposed "heroine" who is more like a villian, was actually nice.
Okay, so I loved Jed. He is a man with real problems that he is, like I said, MAN enough to face. He has a good heart, but he is flawed, makes mistakes, learns from them, and is not too proud or arrogant to correct them. He's also far too forgiving and kind.
Kate is an evil b*atch who goes out of her way to constantly humilate poor Jed. Of course, he puts up with this throughout the whole book. She believes she knows everything there is to know about him and judges him harshly and without reason at every turn. She also insults him constantly and thinks of him as less than a human being. Now, there is a line she will not cross, but, let me tell you, that line is too far out to be useful. She spends the ENTIRE book distrusting him, so their relationship is built on this distrust (on her end). Then, miraculously and for no reason at the very end of the book, Kate decides that, OMG, every single word out of Jed's mouth isn't a lie after all! And, OMG, Jed really is JED, and not playing a character to seduce me and my amazing irresistableness! And, OMG, I trust Jed! Then, the end.
Also, there is a random death that comes out of nowhere and seems unbelievably forced to add conflict. Jed's "breakdown" is glossed over and wrapped up in one single sentence, which made steam come out of my ears, because I waited the whole book for this to happen. Clearly, Brockmann was done with this story and just wanted to finsih asap.
But, despite this, it was an entertaining read, and when Kate had her few nice moments (most of which occured when she was stoned), I enjoyed myself.(less)
So, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot.
The characters were likable and had great chemistry. Lucy was...moreSo, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot.
The characters were likable and had great chemistry. Lucy was a pretty typical heroine, snarky and proud and stubborn and bad-tempered. Blue was pretty original. I liked that he didn't talk much to anyone except Lucy. That was adorable. I really liked hearing about the relationships between Blue and the other Navy SEALS, and wish they all could have played a bigger role. The prologue seemed completely irrelevent to the plot, which was wrapped up to fast in an ending that hardly made any sense, though that didn't much bother me. One thing that annoyed me was Aly's obsession with Blue and Jenny-Lee. He not once acted like he still loved her, yet she refused to believe he didn't.
It was an entertaining read, kept me turning the pages and wondering what would happen. (less)
So...there's something about these books that just...isn't there. Something missing. I think it has something to do with the fact the book only has th...moreSo...there's something about these books that just...isn't there. Something missing. I think it has something to do with the fact the book only has three likable characters, Cassel, Sam, and Daneca. And of those three, only one actually has a significant impact on the story. I don't know why, but Sam and Daneca feel like such...side characters. I know they ARE side characters, but...that doesn't mean they have to feel like it. However, I was beyond overjoyed that Cassel actually started opening up to Sam more and telling him the truth!
I have to be honest, I like Cassel, but...sometimes I don't like him. For growing up in a family like his, he's a pretty amazing person, and yet...I can't connect with him. When he doubts himself, I too doubt him...not having faith in the main character gives me this sort of slimy feeling. I want to trust Cassel, but, come on...you can't. Although I think I trust him more than he trusts himself.
And then there were those annoying FBI agents. I don't get them, to be honest. I know they aren't main characters, but does that mean they have to be wooden and feel extremely fake? I don't think so. I do like Cassel's grandpa, though. He's awesome. And when he told Cassel that Cassel had always been good I was like, "YES, Cassel! Listen to your gramps! He knows!"
About Lila. I don't like her at ALL. I don't like her now and I didn't like her in the flashbacks we got of her. She's strange and not very nice and kind of scary--in a bad way. If I don't trust Cassel, I REALLY don't trust her, and I don't think she really cares about Cassel at all. She's cold and creepy and just...unstable, I think. I want better for Cassel. He doesn't need a girl who will bring him down. He needs a GOOD girl, an actual good person, not a killer...I get that he loves her, but not WHY. They have no chemistry. Just no. I hope Lila dies. (less)
Despite the common consensus, I liked this. I've only read 2 books by TH, but I liked this one much better. The second I picked it up, I couldn't stop...moreDespite the common consensus, I liked this. I've only read 2 books by TH, but I liked this one much better. The second I picked it up, I couldn't stop reading. I liked both Kev and Jace--Kev a little more though. I felt really bad for Kev--I wanted him to get with Andy, though that never happens. I loved Andy, and she and Kev would have been cute together--I don't know what he saw in Diane.
It's not that this book is good, really, but that it's REALLY suspenseful and makes you want to keep reading and there isn't a single dull moment. The characters aren't particularly well developed, but I got enough of a sense of them to be satisfied.
A few things bothered me. First, I wanted Kev and Jace to meet up a LOT sooner than they did, which was at the VERY VERY end of the book. I basically spent the entire time waiting for this to happen. And then there was Tyler who everyone loved...I DON'T KNOW WHY! So he spouted out big words. Big deal. He acted like a selfish three-year-old the entire book, yet every character fell in love with him at first sight. It made no sense at all.
As for the mystery part, I guessed it pretty early on. And...there's one particular scene that literally made me nauseous--and that has NEVER happened to me before. Hoag got WAY too descriptive with the whole "sliced throat" scene. Eck. (less)
I can't say there was anything really special about this book or it's characters, but I liked it well enough. The setting was the type that pulls you...moreI can't say there was anything really special about this book or it's characters, but I liked it well enough. The setting was the type that pulls you right into the pages, but not so with the characters. I liked Blue a lot (it was so cute how he always forgot to wear shoes) but Ellie was just blah and extremely selfish.
The "mystery" aspect of the story was a total surprise, which was good, though, to be honest, I didn't find the mystery itself interesting, so...it didn't wow me or anything.
The only three things that really annoyed me: 1. Ellie kept referring to Blue as a mentally insane person on a downward spiral, which, frankly, confused me...because he was pretty damn normal. He had a fear of losing people, since he lost his parents and wife, but crazy? No. Downward spiral? No. 2. Ellie not once considered Blue. She kept thinking how she didn't want to have a relationship with him because his sadness would be too much for poor, royal self. I wanted to like Ellie. I really tried to. But I just couldn't. Perhaps if she had some serious problems of her own to contend with, I would have understood, but she didn't... 3. Everyone in the town kept saying Blue "wasn't a catch" and that Ellie was way too good for him, but I never understood why. His wife died, and afterward he didn't want to have a serious relationship, so he had a few MUTUAL flings with women, and now he REALLY likes Ellie, wants to be with her, so why is he so bad?
Other than that, it was an enjoyable read...(less)
This wasn't a bad book--it just wasn't my taste. To me, it was a bit boring and a little too fluffy. It didn't evoke any emotions in me...it wasn't ev...moreThis wasn't a bad book--it just wasn't my taste. To me, it was a bit boring and a little too fluffy. It didn't evoke any emotions in me...it wasn't even funny.
Delaney was an okay heroine. Nothing special. She seemed...nice, I guess, but a little on the stupid side. Nick was the typical "bad boy," though I have to admit he was pretty sexy...though that may be just because he has just about the coolest name ever. Nick Allegrezza. It's weird, I find myself randomly saying his name from time to time.
This book isn't memorable...the only scene I can recall with any clarity is their little snowball fight, which was cute.
Nick seemed to have a sudden personality change at the end of the book, which...was annoying, if not unexpected. But, I do think Nick and Delaney had chemistry, which I've found is strangely lacking in a lot of romance novels for some reason. I could understand why they liked each other, I think, even if I didn't personally like either of them that much.(less)
The four stars is for the story and other characters, not for the main couple, because...come on. Runa and Shade are ridiculous characters, especially...moreThe four stars is for the story and other characters, not for the main couple, because...come on. Runa and Shade are ridiculous characters, especially Runa. I found her very strange. The things that come out of her mouth as well as her actions. To be honest she didn't bother me much until the end. I didn't even care about her first meeting with Shade. I mean, it's a paranormal romance, so I've gotten used to the sex at first sight scenarios.
But the whole thing about...(view spoiler)[Shade beating the pain out of people. Not only is that stupid, but the fact that Runa begged him to beat her despite how it pained him was just...pathetic and stupid and made her seem like such a flimsy character. It just felt so fake. (hide spoiler)] I think Ione's heroines are kind of odd. They seem to have personality changes and make decisions waaay out of character. One moment she'll be strong and mature and the next she acts like a weak toddler, no offense to toddlers. Plus, when Shade started to disappear, she barely noticed, and when she did she pretty much brushed it off.
Also, let us talk about the corniness. Come on. The last line? Something along the lines of "and love is the greatest curse of all." Are you serious? Why does it have to be so corny? It seems so out of place and fake. You can love someone without being a sappy mess. Seriously, all these women have the men completely wrapped around their fingers, which just...I get that some women fantasize about that, but I like it to be a bit more realistic.
But my favorite thing about this series is how all the characters show up in all the books rather than disappearing. And we've got the continuing Kynan/Gem storyline, which is cool. But the overall relationships haven't impressed me, especially since at least one of them is hiding behind a big-ass lie. I don't like relationships that start with huge lies. I don't like relationships where one of the characters is working against the other character. This series has got enough drama without all that.
In the first book, I really liked the relationship between the brothers, but it's pretty much gone in this book. There were a few moments, but mostly they acted colder toward each other than normal, and I didn't enjoy it. I'm not a fan of how they act toward Wraith, either. Condescension isn't an appealing trait for me, and you don't get any more condescending than Eidolon!
However, the scenes with Wraith and Kynan were funny and just so cute. Plus, I just think Wraith in general is hilarious. I don't care what anyone else says, he's very amusing. There were moments I really liked Shade, but mostly I just felt indifferent toward him. I don't know why. I didn't connect with him for whatever reason. Same with Runa. There were times I really liked her, like when she was kicking demon-butt...and then others when she just seemed so...pitiful and immature. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Well, I feel like I have to give this one 4 stars, even if it isn't to my taste.
The problem is that I don't feel there is much of a plot. What IS the...moreWell, I feel like I have to give this one 4 stars, even if it isn't to my taste.
The problem is that I don't feel there is much of a plot. What IS the plot, you ask? Basically, the plot is Jarret helping Annabel try to save her brewery. That's it. Really. Nothing else happens. What does this mean? That this book is boring.
Good points: Hettie, Jarret's grandma. She's hilarious with all her plotting and scheming. I liked the beginning, where we get to see Jarret as a kid. I almost wish we got to see more of that. I would have liked the freindship between Jarret and Giles--if it actually existed. I mean, Jeffries says it exists, but...there is no proof whatsoever. Okay, so that's not a good point, but it COULD have been! Jarret's relationship with George. That was adorable, with Jarret trying to treat the boy as a man and Annabel basically fighting him the whole way. I also liked seeing Annabel realize that her assumptions about Jarret's lordly idiocy had no truth.
Bad points: The non-existent relationship between the Sharpe siblings. They do NOT interact. There are a total of maybe 3 scenes in which they are together, and these scenes are very limited. I mean, what's the point of a series if the characters don't interact? I wasn't really feeling the love between Jarret and Annabel, either. I can't say there is any specific reason for this, I just didn't feel it. I don't think I believed in the characters enough for me to feel it. I didn't really understand Jarret, and Annabel was a little too dramatic to be likable. I don't think they had enough emotions for them to feel like real people. There is a lot of telling and not showing.
The romance is drawn-out, so that made it feel more believable, and there are a few scenes that I did really like, such as when Jarret is singing with Annabel's family and everyone's telling him how terrible his voice is. "Fighting cats" or some such. I like these small details about characters, and wish there were more of them.
Another thing I like is that Annabel is NOT a virgin. For a historical, this is pretty good stuff. She actually LIKED to fool around etc...and wasn't all prim and prude about it, feeling guilty, you know.
It did make me sad that Oliver/Maria don't make an appearance until the VERY end of the book, but, like I said, this series may as well not be a series.(less)
Okay, the book was definitely entertaining and unique, and I liked Cassel, the main character, but still...something felt o...moreI don't know what to say...
Okay, the book was definitely entertaining and unique, and I liked Cassel, the main character, but still...something felt off about it.
It's a bit of a slow start, and the characters change personalitites every other page, and you never know who's good (when in question, they're most likely bad--really bad).
For me, what makes a book is the characters and how they interact with each other. I prefer books where the main character has at least two people they can trust unconditionally, but in this book...not happening.
There wasn't much character development, except with Cassel. Otherwise, the other charaters felt kind of fake, especially his friens from school.
What did I like? I'm not really sure. I guess I liked the fact that it really kept you guessing, and, even though most of the twists were obvious, I admite there was one I didn't see coming, though once it was revealed I wasn't all that surprised.
The lure of this book, I think, is its originality with the Curse Workers. The concept it as new as anything can be, and the idea of "blow backs" is pretty cool.(less)